Investment Guide

COVID-19 is causing Finance, IT Operations and Procurement to act now for survival, rather than long-term growth. If you run Jira / Atlassian, you may be asking…

  • Do we need all these Add-ons?
  • Are we maximizing Jira’s native capabilities?
  • Is our hosting model cost-effective?
  • How much is saved by switching from monthly to annual license payments?

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Survival mode doesn’t mean slash & burn. Prepare your stakeholders to thrive in the long term, with the right short term decisions.

1)  Assess all Atlassian hosting possibilities. Know the cost advantages to moving from Server to Cloud / Data Center. Account for total carrying costs

2)  Audit / Review License Counts on Atlassian core products

3)  Maximize Jira’s native functionalities to reduce reliance on unnecessary add-ons. Several problems may be solved w/ simple configuration fixes

4)  Assess what Atlassian tools can replace expensive boundary applications (ex. Jira Service Management replacing BMC Remedy, ServiceNow, Freshdesk, Cherwell)

5)  As more teams are required to service requests, consolidate around Jira Service Management to maximize collaboration at a lower per-user cost

6)  Periodic Reviews on how to scale / drive adoption the right way. Scale/adopt the right way without re-work

7)  Consider third-party Atlassian tool administration w/ flexible costing

8)  Consider Atlassian Access for centralizing user management



Acceptable waste isn’t acceptable anymore. You need the best ROI for your investment in Atlassian tools.

1)  Reduce un-used and unnecessary Add-ons: Find out if they’re essential

2)  Take advantage of Atlassian’s Free Jira Tier for small teams, where possible

3)  Maximize Jira’s native capabilities to reduce reliance on unnecessary add-ons

4)  Review / manage license counts

5)  Shift service/supporting team licenses from Jira to Jira Service Management (to reduce per-user cost)

6)  Periodic Reviews: Run product roadmap meetings w/ experts who know how to scale / drive team adoption the right way

7)  See where Atlassian tools can replace more expensive boundary applications (ex. replacing Asana, Sharepoint, TFS, BMC Remedy)

8)  Flexible, 3rd-party tool administration

9)  If on Server, re-visit hosting in Atlassian Cloud with an expert



  • Navigate ways to reduce costs w/o risking long-term objectives.
  • Assess the current situation fully
  • Continue to provide for the ‘new normal’.

1)  Switch  from month-to-month to annual billing (ex. 100-user tier of Jira Software Annual billing is ~17% cheaper the same on Monthly billing.)

2)  Reduce Add-on waste: Your stakeholders may not be using all of the add-ons you’re paying for.

3)  Audit / review license counts on Atlassian core products. Logs can show who hasn’t used the tool in the last 6 months.

4)  See if Atlassian’s Free Jira Tier is an option for small teams, where possible

5)  Consider talking to IT about Atlassian Cloud hosting, if on Server. Know all baked in costs with hosting

6)  Consider third party Atlassian tool administration w/ flexible costing


With Atlassian’s End-of-Sale Announcement on Oct 16th, you should consider whether you want to stay with Server/On-Premise hosting, or move to Atlassian Cloud or Data Center. Feb 2nd 2021 is around the corner. Contact us and visit our Atlassian Cloud Future page.

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